July 27, 2022 Newsletter


St. Thomas Inspires Global Career

Brandy Vilone teaches in a classroom.
Brandy Vilone '16 remembers when she was enlightened to the possibilities of a global career during her time at St. Thomas. As a leadership and management major, she was in a course taught by Assistant Professor Erica Diehn that had a guest speaker from Ethiopia, Shegitu Kebede of Women at the Well International. Diehn, who…
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Graduating With Mayo Clinic in His Future

Marcus Nordquist
Marcus Nordquist's recent acceptance to the Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine in Rochester marks a rare feat in St. Thomas history. Nordquist graduated in May with a degree in biology. Over the past four years, he has worked as a STEM mentor, was an Excel! Research Scholar, and conducted research with the University of…
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Leadership Lessons From Entrepreneurship Competitions

Chloe Ginkel making a pitch.
Participating in Schulze School of Entrepreneurship competitions for her mental health app, UWell, has provided Chloe Ginkel '24 with a scholarship, cash, seed funding, valuable feedback and connections, and important leadership lessons. Her own mental health journey in high school and college inspired UWell, which still is in the concept phase. Ginkel's vision for the…
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Update on Search for Next St. Thomas President

The Presidential Search Committee continues the national search for the university's next president. The leadership profile has been completed and is being used to recruit candidates. The profile helps to outline the qualifications and qualities expected in the next leader of St. Thomas and highlights the opportunities and challenges facing the next president.

We have engaged WittKieffer in this important search. WittKieffer is one of the leading executive search firms in higher education, conducting more than 200 search assignments for colleges and universities each year. The firm is working closely with the search committee to recruit a highly qualified and diverse candidate pool for the committee's consideration.

Community members are encouraged to help identify prospective candidates and to submit nominations and recommendations to the search committee by emailing StThomasPresident@wittkieffer.com.

Please include the institution or organization where the nominee is employed. Contact information and comments are helpful, but not required.

The work of the search committee will continue through the end of the calendar year. Stay abreast at the Presidential Search webpage.

St. Thomas Tops Summit League Academic Honor Roll

St. Thomas volleyball team.
First-year Division I member St. Thomas topped all Summit League institutions with 289 honors on the conference's 2021-22 Academic Honor Roll, it was announced July 21. This year's list recognizes student-athletes who recorded a grade-point average of 3.20 or better during the 2021-22 school year. Those honorees must have used a season of eligibility in…
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COVID-19 Dashboard: 17 Positive Cases Reported

The university reported 17 new COVID-19 positive test results for the week ending July 22, 2022, and a 93.7% vaccination rate among students, faculty and staff. See full dashboard details on the COVID-19 webpage.

Get Free COVID-19 Testing Kits: The University of St. Thomas strongly recommends that everyone stay healthy and vigilant. If you believe you've been exposed to COVID-19, it's good to have some tests on hand at home. You can obtain free tests from the U.S. government. Sign up at covid.gov/tests or call (800) 232-0233 (TTY 1-888-720-7489).

Faculty/Staff Parking Permits Go on Sale Aug. 15

Faculty/staff and commuter parking permits and bus passes will go on sale Aug. 15 through the Parking Portal. Faculty/staff parking permits, contracts and bus passes purchased for the 2021-22 academic year will automatically renew for this upcoming academic year (2022-23) and for each year going forward. If you do not wish to renew your parking permit or bus pass, you must contact the Parking Services Office at (651) 962-7275 by Aug. 10. Read more.

Seen Around St. Thomas

Progress continues to be made on construction of the Schoenecker Center, the science, technology, engineering, arts and math complex that is set to open by fall 2024. Read news about the Schoenecker Center. (Liam James Doyle/University of St. Thomas)

Professional Notes

Jerry Organ Releases Latest Law Student Wellness Study Results

Jerry Organ
Law professor Jerry Organ has released the latest results in an ongoing study of law student wellness, "'It is Okay to Not Be Okay': The 2021 Survey of Law Student Well-Being." The paper is forthcoming in the University of Louisville Law Review. Organ co-authored the study with David Jaffe of American University - Washington College…
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In the News Spotlight

Media Highlights: Vice President for Mission Father Chris Collins '93, SJ, spoke with the National Catholic Register on reassessing goals and interests in midlife with God in mind. St. Thomas Economics Professor Tyler Schipper spoke with KSTP-TV on the government's pause on student loan payments. School of Law Professor Mark Osler spoke with The Associated Press on former Minneapolis police officer Thomas Lane's sentencing. Opus College of Business Finance Professor David Vang spoke with WCCO-TV on recent allegations of a local pool contractor taking thousands of dollars from families without finishing the work.

Read St. Thomas "In the News" stories.

In Case You Missed It

Professors Debut Legal Clinic to Empower Parents of Special Education Students
Schoenecker Center Construction Transforms South Campus
Alumni Partnership: CARE Counseling Founders on Secret to Success

Know of anything or anyone interesting around the university that would make for a good Newsroom feature story? Let us know at news@stthomas.edu.

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